Simon Cowell says Irish Idol 5 contestant is “as good as Kelly Clarkson”

Simon Cowell is again predicting the winner of American Idol, which doesn’t start airing until January. The semi-final competitions haven’t even taken place yet, but Cowell says that there’s one contestant who stands out.

“The only person I can genuinely remember from the auditions that I’ve done for this season is an Irish girl that we saw in Las Vegas who now lives in America. I think she sang a Chaka Khan song and afterwards I said, ‘I think we may have found someone as good as [first season winner-turned-superstar] Kelly Clarkson,” he told the New York Post.

As the Post notes, last season he “correctly predicted that Oklahoma cutie Carrie Underwood would win” when he told Extra that “there is a blond girl who can really sing.

Simon Says: I’ve Found the Next Idol’… [New York Post]

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Ben Folds

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.